E-Book Freitag VII: Die Proto-Cyber-Romanze
Ein schöner Nebeneffekt der ganzen Digitalisierungsprojekte ist, dass die Literatur des 19. Jahrhunderts wieder verstärkt ins Blickfeld rückt:
This rediscovery of the 19th century as an open-source reading experience is accompanied by a subtle appreciation of the era’s intellectual merits. Consider the quantity of material—obscure novels, local histories, antique catalogs, minor journals, a sea of biographies, and those vast and terrifyingly erudite bibliographies that were a specialty of that age of scholarship.
Work that fails to enter a canon—literary, historical, or otherwise—tends to languish on the dustier shelves of college libraries. Digitization allows a new generation of scholars to look at them with fresh regard. This represents a significant change in the way we think about scholarship. Google Books is a kind of Victorian portal that takes me into a mare magnum of out-of-print authors, many of whom helped launch disciplines. Or who wrote essays, novels, and histories that did not transcend their time
Die Protagonistin – Nattie – ist Telegrafistin in einem kleinen Büro und kommt eines Tages mit „C“, einem anderen Operator „ins Gespräch“ (mittel Morse-Code) und somit beginnt eine Art „Proto-Cyber-Romanze“. Clive Thompson hat in seiner Rezension den Reiz dieses Buches schön zusammengefasst:
It’s all quite nuttily modern. Wired Love anticipates everything we live with in today’s online, Iphoned courtship: Assessing whether someone you’ve met online is what they say they are; the misunderstandings of tone and substance that come from communicating in rapid-fire, conversational bursts of text; or even the fact that you might not really be sure of the gender/nationality/species of the person you’re flirting with.
As it turns out, Nattie quickly figures out that “C” is, indeed, a man. But the conversations she and her friends have about her online courtship are utterly wild to read: They have the arch elocutions of Victorian-era America, mixed with concepts that are so thoroughly modern that book feels like it was written this year, by someone merely emulating the language of 1880.
Also eine Empfehlung von mir als nette Urlaubslektüre. „Wired Love“ kann man sich in verschiedenen Formaten beim „Project Gutenberg“ herunterladen.